City of Preston (Victoria)

City of Preston (Victoria)
City of Preston
Old lga Preston.png
Location in Melbourne
Population: 79,700 (1992)[1]
Established: 1871
Area: 37.05 km² (14.3 sq mi)
Council Seat: Preston
Region: Melbourne
County: Bourke
LGAs around City of Preston:
Broadmeadows Whittlesea Diamond Valley
Broadmeadows City of Preston Heidelberg
Coburg Northcote Heidelberg
Final logo used by the City of Preston

The City of Preston was a Local Government Area located about 11 kilometres (7 mi) north-northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 37.05 square kilometres (14.31 sq mi), and existed from 1871 until 1994.



Preston's first involvement in local government was as part of the Epping Roads District in 1854, which also included Northcote. In 1870 the Epping District was amalgamated with Merriang, Whittlesea, Morang and Woodstock Roads Districts to form a very large Darebin shire. These entities mostly ended up in the City of Whittlesea and the City of Broadmeadows.[2]

Preston was first incorporated as the Jika Jika Shire on 8 November 1871, which was renamed Preston on 11 September 1885. It became a borough on 14 March 1922, a town on 24 May 1922, and was proclaimed a City on 14 July 1926.[3]

On 22 June 1994, the City of Preston was abolished and was merged with neighbouring Northcote into the newly-created City of Darebin.[4]

Council meetings were held at Preston Town Hall in High Street and Gower Street, Preston. It is still used for the same purpose by the City of Darebin.


The City of Preston was subdivided into four wards, each electing three councillors:

  • South East Ward
  • South West Ward
  • North East Ward
  • North West Ward[3]



Year Population
1911 5,049
1933 33,442
1947 46,775
1954 63,868
1958 77,300*
1961 84,146
1966 89,706
1971 91,584
1976 88,384
1981 84,519
1986 79,751
1991 76,996

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223. 
  2. ^ Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Preston". Archived from the original on 2005-06-20. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 460–461.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. Commonwealth of Australia. p. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6.$File/12570_1994-95.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 

Coordinates: 37°44′35″S 145°00′29″E / 37.743°S 145.008°E / -37.743; 145.008

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